Consumer Action’s experts can provide comment on a range of consumer, financial and related social issues.
What we can provide:
- Expert comment on consumer issues for print or broadcast.
- Backgrounding on consumer issues. Our policy experts can explain the issues in plain detail.
- Access to clients andcase studies.
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Gerard Brody – Chief Executive Officer
Gerard began in consumer advocacy as a policy officer and solicitor with Consumer Law Centre Victoria, before working as a Senior Policy Officer with Consumer Action. Gerard then worked with the Brotherhood of St Laurence as Senior Manager Financial Inclusion, leading the national rollout of the Saver Plus program. Gerard returned to Consumer Action in 2011 to lead the Centre’s policy and campaigns work. Gerard has represented consumers on a number of bodies, including the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Consumer Consultative Committee, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s Consumer Advisory Panel and the Australian Energy Regulator’s Customer Consultative Group. Gerard has a Masters in Public Policy and Management, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.
Denise Boyd – Director of Policy & Campaigns
Denise has twenty years experience in the not for profit sector, and brings a strong skills base in strategic planning and delivery to her roles. After leaving university, she discovered a passion for advocacy, and so began her campaign career with Greenpeace Australia in the early ‘90s working on toxics, oceans and forests. Since then she has worked for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (UK and Australia) and the Australian Conservation Foundation. Denise has extensive experience of political advocacy both at the national and international level, and has represented environment and animal welfare interests on Australian government and non-governmental delegations to a number of international forums.
Penelope Hill – Manager Financial Counselling program
Penelope is a qualified lawyer who has been with Consumer Action since 2009. Penelope previously worked with the Financial Ombudsman Service and before that was the manager of Credit Helpline Ltd, a service closely allied Consumer Credit Legal Centre (one of Consumer Action’s predecessors).
Jillian Williams – co-Director of Legal Practice
Jill began working in consumer law in 2005 with the Consumer Credit Legal Service and took a position at Consumer Action when it was established in 2006. She was promoted to Director of Legal Practice in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Mentor of the Year award in the Law Institute of Victoria’s 2012 Legal Awards for her work in this role. Jill has worked on a number of Consumer Action’s significant cases, including the Walker v Motor Finance Wizard case which concluded in 2011.
Jill has also been involved in the community legal sector more broadly through volunteering at Women’s Legal Service since mid-2005 and being on the Sector Development Standing Committee of the Federation of Community Legal Centres.
Zac Gillam – Senior Policy Officer
Zac has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia, and broad experience across the public sector, the community sector and with an industry association. In a previous stint with Consumer Action Zac authored the extensive report Payday Loans: Helping Hand or Quicksand? (2010), and he remains committed to effective reform of high-cost consumer credit. Zac’s policy areas include consumer credit, private colleges, retirement housing, and competition and consumer law. Zac also has a keen interest in public communication, is a professionally produced screenwriter and acted as a story consultant for the 2015 Tedx St Kilda event.
David Leermakers – Senior Policy Officer
David has been with Consumer Action since January 2011. In that time, he has worked on a variety of topics including consumer credit, insurance, retirement villages, consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law and private education and training. He is currently focusing on insurance policy, and can provide commentary on ‘add-on’ insurance and warranties, suitability of insurance, disclosure, and insurance issues more broadly. David has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from La Trobe University and worked in with the Australian Public Service prior to starting at Consumer Action.
Sarah Wilson – Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer
Sarah joined Consumer Action in 2010. She has previously worked in a number of policy, liaison and campaigning roles at the Australian Communications and Consumer Action Network and its predecessor the Consumers’ Telecommunications Network. She has a Masters in Politics and Public Policy from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Newcastle.
Jonathan Brown – Spokesperson
Jonathan is a broadcaster, writer and social change advocate. Previously the Education and Training Manager at youth broadcaster SYN Media, Jonathan specialised in media education and training for young people from vulnerable and under represented backgrounds. He was also an elected board member of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia for 6 years, focusing on media and communications policy. Jonathan is available to speak on general consumer issues.